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Antioxidant supplementation in felines
Supplementation with antioxidants can help support the vision and overall health of hypertensive cats. Oxidative stress is essential for normal cellular and body functions, but unbalanced oxidative stress can be harmful. Many conditions may benefit from antioxidant supplementation, including cognitive dysfunction, retinal disease, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetes mellitus, and systemic hypertension. Hypertensive cats often develop vision loss from hypertensive retinopathy. Cats can...
Choosing a Cool Laser Therapy device for your practice
From class to wavelength, there are a number of important factors to consider when choosing a Cool Laser Therapy device that will help your patients and improve your bottom line. These days, more pet parents are seeking veterinarians who offer safe, effective and pain-free technologies to help heal their dogs and cats without pharmaceutical intervention. Veterinarians, in turn, are looking...
Proper ocular hygiene for dogs prone to tear stains
Improve the health and comfort of canine patients prone to tear stains by talking to their owners about proper ocular hygiene. Tear stains in dogs are caused by a chemical called porphyrin. These iron-containing molecules – excreted through the intestinal tract, bile ducts, saliva, urine, and tears – can cause red-brown stains on the dog’s fur, most noticeably around the...
4 ways to avoid video fatigue when practicing telemedicine
Telemedicine is the new norm for veterinary clinics, and in many ways it makes lives easier for practitioners and their clients. But there is one pitfall of this technology – video fatigue. Here’s how to avoid it. As we continue to navigate the trials and tribulations of a global pandemic, one common subject addressed in blog posts and psychology journals...
New study investigates whether obesity a risk factor for asthma in horses
Researchers are investigating the link between obesity and asthma in horses in the hope that their findings will improve how we diagnose and treat this condition. Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at Texas A&M University are investigating the association between obesity and asthma in horses. If a link is identified, the findings will help improve our understanding, diagnosis and management of asthma, especially...
An interesting case of inappropriate supplementation in a puppy
A few well-chosen supplements can help a dog or other animal live longer and feel better, but almost nothing is written about the effects of inappropriate supplementation. This article presents a suspected case of the latter in a German Shepherd puppy. To understand the effects of inappropriate supplementation, consider the meaning of “health”. Health is a dynamic balance of...
Can a questionnaire help horse owners recognize osteoarthritis?
Morris Animal Foundation has awarded a grant to test an equine osteoarthritis questionnaire on horse owners. Osteoarthritis can be a painful condition in horses but, unlike people, horses can’t talk with their veterinarians about where and how much it hurts. Now, a newly funded study from Morris Animal Foundation is testing to see if a simple questionnaire can help horse owners...
Emotions: a powerful tool for understanding health and disease in animals
Research reveals that human emotions are powerful energies that impact both health and disease. Our emotions also impact those around us, including our companion animals. Can emotions in our animal patients provide clues to aid in healing for both pets and their owners? Emotions are energy, and they exist on a spectrum, from the low-vibrating emotions such as shame, anger,...
A curbside televisit to BarburVet
Oregon-based veterinary clinic BarburVet is using VetBadger, a cloud-based practice management system, to give their clients a great virtual experience while still practicing high-quality medicine. Here’s a firsthand look. Here in Portland, Oregon, we’ve been practicing curbside telehealth for almost a year now, and our clients (and patients) love it. Even when the pandemic ends, we’ll continue offering this service...
The evolution of gut health – part 1
Achieving optimal gut health in veterinary patient starts with an understanding of how important bacterial organisms are to the entire ecosystem of the planet. Bacterial organisms are the most primal yet critical contributors to both individual and global health. Their collaborative power to sustain longevity in animals, humans, and the planet, is unparalleled by anything else. Begin by working with nature...